Here’s a new Facebook feature that many Americans probably wish existed last October: a fake news filter.
The company is launching its filtering tool in Germany prior to the country’s upcoming federal election. The move comes as German lawmakers are proposing a law that would stick Facebook with a €500,000 fine for misinformation that the social network fails to remove from its network.
Buzzfeed reported that Facebook was perpetuating fake news stories about German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which was probably a motivating factor to the decision, too.
If Facebook users in Germany flag a story as “fake,” Correctiv, an independent organization, will analyze it. If the story cannot be confirmed, it will be marked “disputed” on Facebook. Before other users can share the story, it will come with a warning that the story has not been confirmed.